The World Bank has provided US$250, 000 for inclusive education in Liberia.
According to the Education Specialist at the World Bank Country Office in Monrovia, Madam Binta Massaquoi, through the world Bank Trust Fund the amount is intended to enable the Ministry of Education to address several activities confronting children with disabilities in the country.
Madam Massaquoi made the statement Thursday at the launch of Inclusive Education Policy and Implementation Plan held at a local hotel in Sinkor.
She pinpointed that this amount will assist to promote and enhance the inclusive education for children living with disabilities to access quality education in all schools across Liberia.
She noted that the Ministry of Education is committed to close the knowledge gap affecting those with disabilities through inclusive education as well as the quest to reach the large number of children with disabilities who are not attending schools around the nation.
Madam Massaquoi stressed that inclusive education for children with disabilities will be implemented in six counties and the World Bank remains committed to working along with the Liberian Ministry of Education to achieve the overall vision of eliminating disparity in enrollment of children with disabilities by the year 2030.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Instruction at the Ministry of Education, Alexander N. Duopu, said inclusive education is a child’s right not a privilege.
Minister Duopu stated that all children regardless of their differences should be educated together for all to benefit.
He added that this is one of the most effective ways of promoting an inclusive and tolerant society.
He indicated that it will foster the culture of respect and also provide opportunities to learn about individual differences.
“We should now look at our schools, classrooms, programs, lessons design so that all children can participate and learn,” Minister Duopu pointed out.